I Sewed :: Washi Dress

Washi Dress :: Dandelion DriftGuess what, guess what?  I finished my washi dress!  I sewed this one up months ago, decided I needed to change the sleeves and remove the collar, and here it is!  (You can see a few progress photos here and here.)

Washi Dress :: Dandelion Drift

The washi dress is a pattern that I know a million people have sewn before.  It has so many great features with the fitted bodice, shirred back, and large in seam pockets.  I’m slow to jump on the bandwagon, but it truly fits really well.  The bodice fits like a glove and it’s super comfortable!

Washi Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I used a target sheet for this dress.  I was shopping around for fabric for this dress before Christmas, and started to feel guilty at the thought of spending $40 or more on the fabric to make something for myself.  So I looked at the target sheet section and found a set for $16 that I liked.  Turns out to be a good thing, because I ended up using the leftover fabric for Sweet Pea’s quilt (and she now has a matching pillow case….woot!).

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I made just a few changes to the pattern.  I wanted french seams throughout…that was a simple change.  And I also wanted the bust darts to not have a raw seam, so I added fabric there to help keep everything nice and tidy inside.

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I have a fancy computerized sewing machine, and it definitely isn’t the best at shirring.  The shirring does the job, but next time I want to try sewing with elastic thread on Sweet Pea’s sewing machine to see if it handles the thread better!

Washi Dress :: Dandelion Drift

All and all I love my new dress!

Peek at My Week

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Sweet Pea and Bubba were smitten with the reenactment.  We might be ready to sign up and camp out a few nights next year so we could appreciate more!

Work In Progress :: Too Many Projects

So I have a confession to make.  I am a habitual project starter, and not always the best project finisher.  It’s something I’m working on, but when I get an idea, I drop all that I am doing and start working on this new idea.  And then (sadly) I don’t always finish what I had dropped.  Am I the only one?  I think that might be a creative thing?!?  Or maybe I’m just trying to convince myself that it’s something I shouldn’t be concerned about!

Washi Dress :: Dandelion Drift

So the washi dress I showed you last week.  It is so close to being done.  I just have the tiniest bit of hand stitching left to finish it up.  But before I could finish that hand stitching the prettiest Robert Kaufman fabric came in the mail, which led me to buy this new pattern, which led me to forget to finish my washi…ack!  Almost there!

Cabin Dress :: Dandelion Drift

P.S.  This new pattern, the Cabin dress, is by a new to me designer.  I bought it because of the pockets.  But I love little features in the PDF pattern that say “Next Row” or “Done” to help you with taping the pattern together.  Genius idea!

Peek at My Week

Grandma :: Dandelion Drift

This past weekend my family all volunteered at the Walt Disney World Marathon.  Someone needed to watch the kids and my grandma (she lives with my parents and has alzheimers), so I raised my hand, and finished my “grandma sitting” duty in awe of my parents.  They are such loving people, and work tremendously hard to take good care of my grandma.  Her alzheimers has progressed a lot in the past few months, and I witnessed how little she remembers.  As we were leaving the house to walk to the playground she looked in the mirror and said “Teresa, it looks like someone is watching me.”  When I pointed out that was her reflection, she chuckled and said “oh yeah, I see you there too!”

Work In Progress :: Washi Dress

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As I was snapping this picture Sweet Pea walked by and said…

Sweet Pea: “Whatcha taking a pictures of?”

Me:  “A dress that I’m seam ripping.”

Sweat Pea:  “Why would someone want to see a picture of that?”

Well, the point of this pictures is to show you (and me, ha) that making something takes time.  And often it involves mistakes.  This one was just a mistake in style for me.  I sewed the washi dress with the expansion pack (poofy shouldered sleeves, a neck tie), things that ended up just not looking good on me.  (This style has looked good on so many other sewists out there, it just doesn’t work on my broad swimming shoulders!  I’ve showed you a picture of me before in poofy sleeves…it just doesn’t work!)  So this dress sat, and sat, and sat next to my sewing machine for months.  This week I am finally ripping those sleeves off to put cap sleeves on.  And I’ve removed the front tie and I’m replacing it with a simple facing (all part of the washi pattern).

Made any mistakes lately?  Working on anything new?

Mini Hudson Pants

Mini Hudson Pants :: Dandelion DriftOkay, raise your hands if your kids will only wear something that feels like t shirts!  Is that just in my house?  Truly, both of my kids would love to only wear t shirts and athletic wear, every. single. day!

Mini Hudson Pants :: Dandelion Drift

So guess what I sew for them, pretty much anything that feels like a t shirt.  Do you remember the Hudson Pants I made for myself a few months back?  Well Kelli has released a kid sized version of these pants, and they are perfect!  My girl LOVES her new mini hudsons and I think they are pretty darn cute on her!

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These pants were a staple on our Hawaiian vacation last month.  They were worn on the airplane, around the hotel, when it got chilly at night on top of the volcano (I know that sounds weird but it’s true, it’s cold on top of the volcano)!

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Want to know the pattern details?

Pattern :: Mini Hudson Pant, sewn in a size 8 and lengthened for my skinny 10 year old

Fabric :: double knit from Jo Anns, paracord string for the tie

Outfit Breakdown :: target t shirt, hudson pant, reef flip flops

Mini Hudson Pants :: Dandelion Drift

This past week Kelli had a few bloggers sew up the mini hudson pattern….find lots of mini hudson inspiration on her blog!  I loved Erin’s versions (yep, one for her girl and one for her boy) that popped up on Our Family Four last Monday!

Peek at My Week

Sheep :: Dandelion Drift Cat :: Dandelion Drift Sheep :: Dandelion Drift

This has been a fun week with our Farm Tuesdays.  Besides our usual horseback riding, there were new animals added to the farm.  There are now five new sheep at the farm and two small orange tabby cats!  Fun fact of the week…did you know that just because a sheep has horns doesn’t make it a ram?  Never knew that!  This ewe (the one with the horns, and appropriately named Hornsley) was definitely my favorite!

P.S.  I might have just given this one away, but I was always a city girl until we moved to this small town nine years ago!

Triangle Quilt

Triangle Quilt :: Dandelion DriftDo you ever think that you are superwoman?  That you can do it all?  All by yourself?  I do….all the time.  A few weeks before Christmas, I had this crazy idea that I could make Sweet Pea a twin sized quilt.  Yep, we were headed out of town to Hawaii.  Yep, we already had just about every other day we were at home scheduled to the rim.  But I thought I could do it anyway!

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Turns out I’m not superwoman.  Hope that doesn’t disappoint any of you!  Turns out I couldn’t finish this quilt for Sweet Pea, even though I stayed up til midnight every possible night!  (And if you know me, you know that’s a lot of love…I am not a night person!)Triangle Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

Well Sweet Pea was very gracious to receive an unfinished quilt under the tree.  You see, she has been sleeping under the quilt I made her when she was two.  That quilt is great, but it is definitely not the quilt for a double digit girl.  She has outgrown it now (actually, she probably outgrew it several years ago).  So Sweet Pea was thrilled to get a new, more mature quilt!

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After Christmas I vowed to do no other sewing until Sweet Pea’s quilt was done.  And with all of my efforts concentrated on one project, that actually didn’t take me too long!  And I have to say this is my absolute favorite thing I have made.  It probably has to do more with sentimentality than anything else, you know, because making a quilt takes so much time.  There is a lot of love poured into a quilt.  A lot of thought and effort goes into a quilt!

Triangle Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

Want to know the details?  I googled around for a 60 degree triangle quilt tutorial.  I liked this one here…she explains the steps really well, and it all made sense to me!  I looked through fabric I own, because that’s how my Granny would do it (my great grandma is the one who taught my mom to sew, who taught me to sew).

Triangle Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

Here’s the fabric break down:  The solids are kona cotton.  The coral, turquoise and mustard prints are cotton and steel.  The gray hash pattern is Carolyn Friedlander.  And the blue with white fabic is a cut up target sheet.  (I had purchased the target sheet set to make a dress, you can see here, but I haven’t blogged about yet!)

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My favorite way to back a quilt is to use all of the leftover fabrics from the front…so that’s what I did.  I love that the back is just as fun and interesting as the front!

Triangle Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

Sweet Pea loves her new quilt!

Work In Progress :: Marigold Peplum

One thing I have noticed about me recently is how often I want things, and I want them immediately.  With sewing (or any crafting, actually) you have to hit the slow button on life and learn to wait for things, actively practicing patience.  Any project I try to speed up, or rush through to finish, quickly ends up being a mess.  This year I want to enjoy the process of creating.  I want to slow down with all of my projects and enjoy my craft!

Marigold Peplum :: Dandelion Drift

To help me slow down this year, I’m going to show you what I am working on, while I am working on it.  I think this little internet world can help feed our NOW mentality, and I’m going to put my bit of inspiration out there to wait and practice patience, slow down and enjoy the process of making.

Marigold Peplum :: Dandelion Drift

So here’s my first work in progress post.  Right now I’m working on the Marigold Peplum by Melissa over at Melly Sews.  I was running a fever when I started this shirt over the weekend, and my first thought was “let’s forget adding any french seams, and just sew this quickly to get it done.”  Thankfully I set the shirt aside when I was feeling the need to rush and picked it up again the next day to sew it with nice finishes.  Patience….these sewing projects might just help me to grow into a better person this year!

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What are you working on right now?  Feeling the need to rush through it?  Want to join me in slowing down this year?